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Cafe Zoma exterior

Cafe Zoma on the Near East Side was taken over last year by Kristian and Conner Di Persio. The brothers are now changing its name to make it more their own. 

Cafe Zoma on Atwood Avenue will soon change its name to Cafe Brittoli, named for the town in Italy where the owners' grandparents are from.

Kristian Di Persio, who owns the business at 2326 Atwood Ave., with his brother, Conner, said they have the new signage, but are just waiting on approvals from the building owner and the city.

He predicts the change will happen within the next month.

The brothers bought the coffee shop a year ago and stepped up its menu. Brittoli, however, will just about double the size of Zoma's current food menu, he said.

Cafe Zoma counter

Cafe Zoma's new owners have extended the kitchen area toward the front windows, and made a few other small physical changes.

They will be adding flatbreads along with more sandwiches and more bakery options to a menu that includes breakfast sandwiches, crepes, soups and panini.

The shop had previously been run by Espresso Royale. The Cafe Zoma name goes back 18 years and was given to the shop by its founders, Zoe Oakley and Martha Brigham, who created the name by combining the first two letters of their first names. From 2005 to 2009, Ann Freiwald owned Zoma.

Cafe Zoma interior

Cafe Zoma is part coffee shop, part cafe and part art gallery.

Kristian last worked at Graze, where he was front of house manager and event coordinator. Conner was kitchen manager at the Old Fashioned for nearly five years, but left two months ago to focus on Zoma full-time.

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